World’s largest Plasma Therapy Trail – Project Platina launched

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Daily Current Affairs - June 30

The Maharashtra State Government launched the World’s largest Plasma Therapy Trail project, called ‘Platina’ on 29th June 2020. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackerey launched the project virtually.

What is Plasma Therapy ?

World's largest Plasma Therapy Trail
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A person who have recovered from an infection contains antibodies in their blood that can fight the pathogens such as viruses, that have caused the disease. These antibodies are found in the plasma.

In the process of Plasma Therapy, plasma is separated from the blood of a recovered person and administered to another person who is currently fighting the same infection. This is called Plasma Therapy.

World’s largest Plasma Therapy Trail

About Project Platina

  • There is no definite line of treatment for Covid-19 patients but Convalescent Plasma Therapy has shown some positive results.
  • The project Platina will help Maharashtra to create a robust data for the use of Convalescent Plasma Therapy.
  • The project will help to establish an infrastructure for plasma treatment in the state.
  • The project will be implemented free of cost.
  • Two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma will be given to all critical patients in the State Government run Covid-19 Hospitals of Maharashtra.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has approved about 21 state-run hospitals, 16 medical colleges and some private hostipals to conduct plasma therapy trials.

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